CME in the News and on the Blogs February 26th, 2010

February 26, 2010 at 12:52 am Leave a comment

UCSF Study Shows Absence of Bias in Commercially Supported CME
Policy and Medicine, February 26, 2010

“Michael A. Steinman, MD, et al., recently examined the “Commercial Influence and Learner-Perceived Bias in Continuing Medical Education.” The article, which appeared in the Journal of Academic Medicine, examined the relationship between commercial support of continuing medical education (CME) and perceived bias in the content of these activities.”

Findings

“Overall, the data indicated that “the vast majority of CME activities were perceived by participants to be free of commercial bias.” Findings included:

• The perceived overall quality of CME activities was high, with a mean rating of 4.4 on a five-point Likert scale;
• Few course participants perceived commercial bias, with a median of 97% of respondents stating that the activity they attended was free of commercial bias;
• There was no association between extent of commercial support and the degree of perceived bias in CME activities; and
• Perceived bias did not vary for 11 of 12 event characteristics evaluated as potential sources of commercial bias, or by score on a risk index designed to prospectively assess risk of commercial bias.”

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Abstract:

Enough replications of this study might produce some reliable results. One place one study is helpful but not definitive.

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Entry filed under: CME, CME Issues, Pharma Funding, Physician Continuing Education.

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